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Other-LiveIAmA worker at the amusement park Kings Dominion. AMA!

Jul 4th 2017 by JCPD10 • 20 Questions • 1708 Points

EDIT: This blew up! Thanks guys and girls! I'll try to answer everybody.

ORGINAL

I'm an employee at Kings Dominion. It's an amusement park located in Virginia. I've been working there since May 2016. I work in Merchandise (stores). I've work all over the park, whether it's selling ride photos or the gift shop in the water park. In my year and a half working here I've seen/done a lot. AMA!

Proof:https://m.imgur.com/yPhonRT https://m.imgur.com/LkTVX22

Q:

We were there yesterday! Do you get free park admission for working there?

A:

Cool! I can visit the park whenever I want. I also get 8 free one day tickets for friends/family after I work a certain number of hours.


Q:

Do they still have the crooked house that Yogi Bear built? Sorry, I was last there in the '70s.

A:

No. I'm not sure what is in its place. Was that in the kids area? We've changed are kids area so much recently. It looks totally different now. It looked way different from even when I went as a kid (2004-2010).


Q:

They still got that coaster that launches you into a pitch black warehouse essentially? Went on that as a kid like 15 years ago.

A:

Yep. Flight of Fear. Best ride IMO. We had a "Ride Night" for associates and I got to ride it with the lights on. 20x worse lol


Q:

What is the worst job in the park?

A:

Probably the lifeguards. They're ALWAYS in the sun, plus they want them to be barefoot most of the time. #2 is food and beverage. I heard it STINKS in the restaurants... all the food in there lol


Q:

How do you feel about people trying to do the "float in your chair" thing on drop zone (i think that's what it's still called.) where you only secure to one click?

A:

That's so dumb in my opinion. I would ride the drop tower, but I need EVERYTHING secured lol


Q:

I doubt OP's ever caught anyone doing anything remotely stupid compared to the dumb shit security sees on a constant basis.

When I worked there they had "sky gondola's" as a conveyance laterally across the park. People were constantly using it to smoke weed in (leaving a trail of skunk smell on the ground below them...they were easy to catch), have sex in the gondola (they almost never finished in time as back then KD was much smaller than it is now), and throwing shit at people from up there.

They were removed in '95

People liked to sneak into the employee canteen as the same food served in the park was available there, and was also much cheaper.

Hurricane Reef was known for people occasionally shitting in the pools (they usually said they knew they didn't feel right, but they still got in anyway), having sex in the changing rooms, sneaking glass items into the pool area.

Employees who worked rides got the great job of cleaning up a lot of vomit (gotta love Voban), but they also had the perk of gathering loose change that fell out of pockets, or wallets or etc, etc...

Games people usually witnessed agressive behavior as idiots competed over overpriced bullshit.

Merchandisers were victims of shoplifters, and you wouldn't believe the shit I saw people trying to steal. I mean, c'mon lady. You weren't pregnant with a misshapen, asymmetrical lump when you walked in...you're also like 12.

People are dumb

A:

This guy knows!!!


Q:

Had a friend that worked there in the summers when we were in high school. Thought he was gonna work at cool roller coasters, ended up working at one of the shitty pizza places.

What's the worst job you had to do there? And when is the best time to go to the park?

A:

We have a Ride Photo booth-type thing that floods when it rains, one day I had to clean it out by myself. Took 45 min, a buch of paper towels, and a fan. My feet were soaked.

Best time of day is either around 10:30 or near close, around 9:00. It's best to go on days it "might" rain. Most people don't go when it's cloudy, but most rides stay up.


Q:

Y'all still got blue smurf soft serv?

A:

Yes!!! We don't call it "spurf", just blue soft serve... or something like that. It is DELICIOUS.


Q:

Where is the best spot to sneak a smoke? Asking for a friend...

A:

Smoke, or SMOOOOKE? Lol


Q:

What's the best newer ride at the park? I moved away from VA like 15 years ago and one of the things I miss is King's Dominion. I want to know what the "must do" ride is when I come back to visit.

A:

The Dominator is about 9 years old. Its pretty cool, top 5 in the park. Delirium is new, got it last year. Really cool looking, I've never got on it though. Our main ride is the Intimidator. It's about 7 years old. It's CRAZY.

Top 5 Rides (In my opinion) Volcano Intimidator Dominator Delirium Flight of Fear


Q:

Do they make you watch the movie Rollercoaster during training?

A:

No, I wish! We just watch a super cheesy video about an active shooter situation.


Q:

I want to see said video, must "borrow" a copy


Q:

I grew up ten minutes from there and had a lot of friends and teachers who worked there over the summer. Are there any secrets of the park that only employees would know about? What is your favorite ride? Do you think they will ever make one side of the Rebel Yell go backwards again (it was my favorite, and I haven't been back since)?

A:

•Secrets? Fast lane passes are more expensive on certain days (weekends and some Mondays). Also, most of the Halloween Haunt "monsters" are really nice teenagers lol. Rides get stuck a lot, but they don't like it when we tell customers. A lot of the food you guys pay $8 for employees can buy in our canteen for $1.50.

•Favorite ride is the Flight of Fear.

•The Rebell Yell probably won't go backwards again, unless we upgrade it. Sometimes we only run one train. It's a shame.


Q:

What's your favorite kind of cheese 🧀?

A:

Mozzarella all day


Q:

Is it a very incestuous work environment? I imagine a bunch of bored college kids working at an amusement park tend to pass the time by hooking up with each other.

A:

Not really. I know a few couples, but they've been together for a decent amount of time. Two of my supervisors have been dating since last year and I didn't know until a few weeks ago lol. Most couples act professional. A lot of our workers are in HS anyway.


Q:

Whats the worst ride in your opinion? I was there a month or so ago and my neck is STILL jacked the fuck up from riding the Grizzly. Rattled the shit out of me and gave me whiplash. I finally healed up and then went white water rafting and hurt it all over again. Fuck the Grizzly, never riding it or any other wooden coasters again, waaaaay too much rickity rattling!

A:

Easily the Grizzly. It's too old. It looks like it's about to break.


Q:

What happened to the model of the Enterprise?

A:

I have no idea.


Q:

Wow! This is pretty sweet, I used to work there in the summer of 2015, also in Merchandise, mostly on Ride Photo in Dominator and Intimidator :) Is there a lot of Europeans in the park this year? Who's your supervisor, maybe I know her? Do you know a Catie Harris who works on those carts that sell toys? Did you just make this thread because you were really bored at work and couldn't stand it anymore? I know that feeling haha :) What's the shittiest interaction with a customer that you've had?

A:

•We don't have that many Europeans in Merchandise this year. We don't have THAT many International people this year. Mostly people from Taiwan or Jamaica.

•The name Catie Harris doesn't ring a bell.

•I'm actually not working today, but I work tomorrow lol. It DOES get boring sometimes lol.

•I've never really had a bad interaction with a customer, but one of my supervisors once had a guy get mad because she didn't know when a ride was gonna start working again. He yelled "How do you not know, you're just sitting here not doing anything!". I'm glad I've never had a bad customer lol.


Q:

My cousin got kicked out a year or two ago because he was acting up on his medication, do you remember him? If not what was the craziest reason someone got kicked out?

A:

I've never seen anybody get kicked out, but I heard over the radio that there was a fight but i didn't see it.


Q:

How common/uncommon is it to black out on Intimidator at the bottom of the drop? Those positive G's almost got me and I'm a full grown man. The 8 year old girl in front of me was full-on ragdoll mode for half the ride.

A:

People black out on the Intimidator all the time. That poor girl lol